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it not for harry reid. harry reid has told us so many stories of his youth and his background in that tiny town and what brought him to this station in life today. i almost feel if there were a town or high school reunion i could attend it with harry and look around and recognize a lot of people there, because i've certainly heard stories about his youth and the people that had a dramatic impact on his life from the time that he was growing up in searchlight, neff. we know he came from modest circumstances. his family grew raised him in a very small home without indoor plumbing. he attended a two-room elementary school in searchlight, nevada. as a child, senator reid's father was a hard-rock miner and his mother took in laundry. he says of his parents that his father gave him quiet and his mother gave him confidence. opportunities were scarce in searchlight, but harry made the most of what he had. his book "the good fight" has a great opening prar that i'd like to -- has a great opening paragraph i'd like to share because it says what life must have been like in the town of searchlight. harry w
, the senator from california, the hon. dianne feinstein. >> mr. speaker, nancy pelosi, mrs. bush, harry reid, leader mcconnell, secretary of state hillary clinton and my colleagues in government this is a special day to honor a special person in a special place. for many years i have followed tragedies and victories of this uncommonly courageous and persistent woman. in 1988 she quickly rose to be the voice of democracy in burma creating the lead for democracy, elections followed in 1990 when her party won 80% but that joy turned to tragedy and the the military junta and aung san suu kyi spent 3 decades under house arrest unable to visit her dying husband. in 1996 i recall senator bill cohen approaching with senator mccain to sponsor a burma sanction bill, sanctions were put in place in 1997 and only loosened in july of this year. senator mcconnell became one of aung san suu kyi's chief advocates and we continue to work on behalf of the people of burma. in 2003 following an assassination attempt senator mcconnell and i worked to pass an important man the remains in place today, an effort to
leader for six years, he faced one filibuster. one. harry reid during his six year years -- at the time i made this chart a week or so ago, it was 387. now it's in the 390's. probably going -- well, in two days, i guess we wouldn't have anymore filibusters so we may not break 400. but what a contrast between one when lyndon johnson was majority leader and basically 400 in the six years that harry reid has been majority leader. that's an enormous change. and in addition, normally the objection to a majority vote was done on the final vote on a bill but starting about 1970, folks realized that any debatable motion, the same paralysis could be brought. you could object to a simple majority vote on any debatable motion. so i'm going to lay out how this has changed over the last 40 years in different categories. now, one is in nominations. mr. merkley: so here we see that before about 1968, there were virtually no filibusters on nominations. in fact, the rule was changed i believe it was 1949. there was a -- a question raised over whether the filibuster could be used on nominations, and after
harry reid. i hope that he will follow his own advice and that will not be part of the problem right after we swear in the new members this next week. so i hope the institution of the senate will continue to be a senate. i hope that we will have more of a committee process, where people can work out the things that there are difficulties with and bring a more consolidated, more comprehensive, less compromising area between which neither of them believe that will get to the floor and then have an open amendment process on the floor. and i guarantee that things will happen faster than they have been in the senate. holding up things a week or two weeks while we go through the whole filibuster process is a waste of our time. amendments are not a waste of our time. i hope we can get back to that system. i yield the floor. mr. whitehouse: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from rhode island is recognized. mr. whitehouse: thank you, mr. president. i have the greatest respect for the senator from wyoming and considerable affection. indeed, he is my ranking member on the help c
to thank the work that was done by an extraordinary vice president, joe biden, as well as leader harry reid, speaker boehner, nancy pelosi and mitch mcconnell. everybody worked very hard and i appreciate it and show, once again, thank you for your great work. under this law, more than 90% of americans and 90% of small businesses will not see their income taxes go up. millions of families will continue to receive tax credits to help raise their kids and send them to college. companies will continue to receive tax credits for the research they do, investors make an clean energy jobs that they create. 2 million americans out of work, but out there looking, pounding payment every day for continue to receive unemployment benefits as long as they are actively looking for a job. but i think we all recognize this law is just one step in the broader effort to strengthen our economy and broaden the opportunity for everybody. the fact is the deficit is still too high and we're still investing too little into things that we need for the economy to grow as fast as it should. and that's why speaker boehn
. >> harry reid announced an interest change with the filibuster rules. do you support the change? >> we have to do something. you can't have sixty vote threshold on virtually everything and get something done. that is a process that is i think an -- as far as i'm concerned. people think of a filibuster back when the film of the james stewart goes to washington. if we're going have filibuster, i think we should have those rules in place, what we do need do is change it so that mr. smith stays on the floor during the filibuster. it doesn't just run time against the senate and go to senate forum calls for indefinitely periods of time while waiting for the time frame to go so you can the vote. it doesn't make any sense to do that. if somebody feels strongly enough they want to bring the senate to a halt, they should be willing to stay there on the floor and explain why or -- i think it will be self-sort of self-enforcing that people will be less likely to file a filibuster as often as they have been through the record. the number of filibusters filed over the last two or three or four years supe
adjourned yesterday, majority leader harry reid and minority leader mitch mcconnell debated the fiscal cliff and talked about negotiations surrounding the tax hikes and automatic spending cuts scheduled to take effect in a few days. this is about 5 minutes -- 15 minutes. >> madam president, you'll excuse me if i'm a little frustrated at the situation we find ourselves in, but last night president obama called myself and the speaker and maybe others from hawaii and asked if there was something we could do to avoid the fiscal cliff. i say i'm a little frustrated, because we've been asking the president and the democrats to work with us on a bipartisan agreement for months, literallye for months. a plan that would simplify theod tax code, shrink the deficit, protect the taxpayers and grow the economy. but democrats consistently rejected those offers. the president chose instead to spend his time on the campaign trail. reelected. and congressional democrats sat on theirel hands. now republicans have bent over backwards. we stepped way, way out of our comfort zone. we wanted an agreement. w but w
leader of the united states senate, the honorable harry reid. >> today the people of burma and the united states honor aung san suu kyi for her personal sacrifice and her dedication to spreading freedom and justice not only in burma, but the world. even when it meant separation from her family, when it meant being apart from her husband at the hour of his death, suu kyi has remained true to her cause. today i also recognize my colleague, republican leader mitch mcconnell. i have stood next to him on the senate floor now for a long time, and there's no cause for which he has been more pronounced than doing something about suu kyi and burma. .. but i'm pleased where burma policy is concerned there's been no split between democrats and republicans. i'm grateful senator mcconnell for his leadership on this issue. not just for the last few days, last week, few months, but for two decades. i also commend secretary hillary clinton, and the many foreign service officers who dedicate their time and talents to the cause of liberty and democracy abroad. as we tragically saw last week, state departme
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